The Best Way to Live
An integral part of school life at Ravenscroft, community service helps shape well-rounded individuals like nothing else can. It is the most important way in which our students learn to look beyond themselves, to develop the capacity for empathy, acceptance and grace, and to take an active role in positively shaping their community. Our students participate in service-related activities in a variety of ways, all of which are age-appropriate.
In the Lower School, service is a community effort that varies year to year: Whether students and faculty are running canned food drives, raising money for sea turtle sanctuaries, gathering supplies for families in need, or collecting books for Project Enlightenment, our students are making an impact -- and feeling proud of their accomplishments. Many activities are student-led, including the yearly Special Olympics hosted by Middle and Upper School students with assistance from the Lower School.
To gain further pride and understanding in their work, Middle School is where students participate monthly in service learning. Not only are they weeding and planting at nearby county parks, stocking shelves at food banks, and reading and enjoying time with young children from a Head Start school, they are expanding their worldview and gaining necessary knowledge about the impact of their contributions, all the while absorbing an important message: you are never too young to help.
Upper School students, after years in this safe and character-evolving community, are now encouraged to take a risk and champion a cause, connecting their service opportunity to personal interests. Service is required for graduation, but our students proudly volunteer in their communities thousands of hours beyond what is required. Also, Ravenscroft is a place ready to embrace and promote initiatives born from our students’ passions, such as RavensBuild -- the building and support group for a Habitat for Humanity home -- or the student who led an effort to provide clothes to impoverished students in the mountains of North Carolina. It is through these initiatives that compassion is evident, leadership is learned, and sometimes even the idea for a future career is born.
- Ravenscroft requires a community service commitment of 20 hours per year from each of its Upper School students.
- At least 10 of these hours must be fulfilled through volunteering with civic, religious, or community non-profit agencies involved in outreach activities directed to serve those who are less fortunate.
- The other half of these 20 hours may be completed on the Ravenscroft campus; however, it should be noted that responsibilities associated with a co-curricular activity or requirements for a specific class may not be counted as community service.
A verification form signed by the non-profit or campus sponsor is to be submitted to the Community Service Coordinator as soon as the service activity is completed. No parent or relative may sign the verification form. The honor system is in effect for the total number of hours submitted.
If you questions or ideas for service opportunities, please contact Mr. Bill Pruden, Director of Civil Engagement via email or at 919-847-0900, ext. 2224.